Driving out to Long Island from New York City can be a beautiful and scenic journey, and it’s even more special when you have the opportunity to photograph a baby’s baptism and the dinner reception that follows. As a professional photographer based in NYC, I have had the privilege of capturing many special events for families, like engagement parties, and have learned a few tips along the way when it comes to capturing candid emotions and memorializing the day.
If possible, it’s important to arrive a little early and scout out the best locations to take pictures from. Look for natural light, interesting backgrounds, and unique angles. This will not only help you capture stunning images, but it will also ensure that you are prepared when it’s time to start taking pictures.
During the ceremony, pay attention to the emotion on the faces of the family and friends as they witness the sacred event, and try to capture candid shots of the baby as they are being blessed.
After the ceremony, take some time to photograph the family and the baby as a group. Having formal pictures is always something to include, even when taking a “photojournalistic” approach. Be sure to also get shots of any special keepsakes from the day. These small details will add meaning and context to the photographs for years to come.
In addition to the christening ceremony, many families choose to celebrate with a dinner reception afterward. This is a great opportunity to capture even more candid, relaxed pictures of the family and the baby as they celebrate and spend time together. Look for natural, spontaneous moments as the family interacts and celebrates the baby’s special day.
Also when photographing the reception, be sure to capture the décor and details of the event, including the table settings and centerpieces. Since this is a more relaxed setting, using a stobe light to combat indoor darkness is more acceptable.
Photographing a baby’s christening and the dinner reception that follows is a special and meaningful event. By following these tips and using your creativity, you can capture beautiful, timeless images that the family will cherish for a lifetime.